WINCHESTER, Va. - Another new addition to our blog roll - this one from the women's lacrosse team. Sophomore Liz Bereit will be bringing you her take on the SU women all season.
Hi everyone! I'm Liz Bereit, a sophomore on the women's lacrosse team here at Shenandoah University, and I'll be blogging for you about my team throughout our season!
First, I'd like to share what we were up to last semester. We had our fall play day at Dickinson College in October. We played four 30-minute games against extremely challenging opponents, and still came out with one win, one tie and two losses. This was a great eye-opener to the challenges that lie ahead, since we have moved into the ODAC this year, which is a much more competitive conference for us.
Every Wednesday throughout the fall, we participated in Hungry Hearts, which is a community service project where we passed out food at a local food bank. It was a wonderful service project for several reasons, but mostly because we could actually interact with the people that we were helping.
On top of fall practices, we lifted as a team three times a week with our strength and conditioning coach, Blake Campbell. We had workouts very specific to female lacrosse players, which I think has made a big difference on the field. We have been lifting in small groups twice a week since preseason started as well, to maintain all of the hard work we have put in so far.
The team opened practice on January 21st and since then we've been busy going over fundamentals and working on conditioning. Everyone's favorite part of preseason would have to be the fitness tests. (Obviously!) In order to get our jerseys, we have to pass all three tests, which adds a lot of pressure to the runs! The good news though is that if you don't pass the first time around, you can retake that specific test until you do pass. A positive aspect of these tests is that it is a great opportunity for the team to come together and support each other, which we are doing a fantastic job of so far.
To further encourage the team to come together, we do a lot of team bonding, both on and off the field. For example, last week we played a variation of dodge ball. We split into two teams, but there was no middle barrier line – we could run anywhere within the boundaries. The punch line is that the balls to dodge were tennis balls that we threw with our sticks. Needless to say, it is very entertaining both to play and to watch.
As long as we don't lose focus, Coach Lutz tries to incorporate fun into our drills. Last Wednesday, we were doing ground ball drills where three people competed at once, and if you got the ball and passed back to the feeder you got a point. To make things interesting, Coach started taking points away from people for making a bad pass, or just because she felt like it. She also let some cheating slide, like hip checks, or our goalies sandwiching a field player, which gave us an opportunity to goof off a little and helped break up some of the monotony.
We have been working hard, both on the field and in the classroom all year, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we can't wait for games to start so we can see our hard work pay off! In the meantime, we have more work to do and I will keep you updated on our progress.
Until next time… Go Hornets!